tv Eyewitness News at 5 CBS December 27, 2010 5:00pm-6:00pm EST
but we begin with weijia jiang. she's following some of the hardest hit areas. weijia? >> it is the winds absolutely brutal. and they are making the cleanup efforts from yesterday's snow very difficult from road crews. >> the winter storm that battered the east coast plowed right through the eastern shore, leaving nearly a foot of snow in some parts. >> just kept snowing. on and on. >> the sno storm came. and it snowed like all day and all night. >> at the eastern airport, piles of snow are growing. and state highway road crews are still operating. in dorchester, somerset, wicomico counties. at home, they are clearing the ways, too. >> for some, it's not the snow. it's the wind. >> there are countless fields of land just like this one. so blankets of snow and snow drifts are being blown right back into the roads. >> i can see it happening right
here. that's what we're going to be fighting with all day today. >> authorities monitored trouble areas 24 hours a day. >> our crews are going around and opening up lanes and spreading salt. and now that the sun is coming up, the salt will become very, very effective in what is melting away on the roadway. >> even two armories on shore for the governor's statewide declaration of emergency. the soldiers call it operation fearful dusting. >> and i assumed it was created because we weren't supposed to get a lot of snow. and then all of a sudden, it came out of nowhere. >> reporter: and until the message cleared, drivers should expect sudden road blocks like this one. and sketchy visibility. >> even with a four-wheel drive. a lot of people think four- wheel drive means you can run 40 to 45 miles an hour. it doesn't mean that. it just means you have better traction with a 4-wheel drive. you still need to take your time. >> reporter: and because of the road conditions, crews will be out here throughout the night. drivers are asked to stay off the roads if possible. we're live in dorchester county, came bridge.
cambridge. >> beautiful sunset behind you, weijia. mike hellgren spoke with a lot of frustrated travelers out at bwi. mike? >> still today, adam. there were many delays or cancellations. but the situation was far better than it was last night. >> reporter: bwi marshall is getting back to normal. even though delays and cancellations persist. a ripple effect from the winter storm. >> we just got here. we're trying to purchase a plane ticket to el paso. the flights are all booked up for today and tomorrow. >> you're pretty much stuck right now? >> pretty much. >> reporter: airports canceled 25 arrivals today. and 22 departing flights. the situation got better as the day progressed, though. most were the hubbs to the north, hard hit by the blizzard. >> particularly with this storm. customers should check ahead, call the airlines for the most up-to-date flight status information. >> reporter: the wind is also having an impact.
but they show a significantly higher number of on-time flights compared to yesterday. >> we were worry the that we weren't going to be able to get out. but our flights on time. we're optimistic now. >> reporter: southwest is now back up and running. many airlines waived fees for changing tickets. but that was little consolationsolation for those who were stranded. >> i sat on the phone for two hours. and they rescheduled our flights. they didn't even tell us it was rescheduled for tomorrow. >> it's out of our hands. i'm not going to get frustrated, but it's ridiculous. >> reporter: the weather was not as bad as bwi. but the airport definitely felt its impact. >> as for the rails, marc train had some delays this morning. but they're all operating on time. amtrak, service as scheduled between new york and washington, d.c. but service to the north of new york is still on a limited basis. reporting live, mike hellgren,
wjz eyewitness news. >> mike, thank you. first warning weather coverage deputies with meteorologist -- coverage continues with meteorologist bernadette woods. up first is bernadette. we are going to start with the snow side of this. and we'll show you this map here. it is just unbelievable how quickly these amounts dropped off. take a look to the far right- hand side. over 12 inches all around the city. and actually, if you track that up, it's over 25 inches in cape may county. but take a look. we drop off 6 to 12 so quickly. by the time we get back to baltimore, trace to an inch. that's one part. winds still howling out there. but so far, these are the top gusts we have seep. bwi marshall, 46 miles per hour. patuxent, 43. and across the state, frostburg, coming in at 46 miles per hour. so yeah, a lot going on with this. that's our local side of it. but for the national side of what happened, we're going to send it out to tim. >> definitely, it has been a
big picture type of storm. take a look at graphics for you. to give you an idea of what you did on a national scale. basically, this storm moved right on up the east coast. howling winds. those are blowing and drifting snow around most of the area. and because of these strong winds, we are looking at power outages up and down the eastern seaboards. the power outages because of the whiteout conditions and the snow continuing through the evening. of course, we have wind advisories in effect here locally until about 6:00 perform. the winds stay with us. slight cancalations will be with -- cancellations will be with us as well. and of course, blizzard-like conditions to the northeast. we'll continue to monitor these as the winds come up and down. >> all right. your hands must feel a little cold out there. most of maryland got off a little easy, compared to states north of us. up and down the entire east coast, people are still coping with this monstrous system. the storm is causing major problems for millions.
>> reporter: millions of residents from the carolinas to new england spent the day digging out. plows couldn't keep up, even after the snow stopped. >> you would just plow the road. and it would come right back out with the wind. the wind would just cover it right back up. >> reporter: whiteout conditions left the roads treacherous. many were stranded or worse. >> stayed at the main thoroughfares. >> a state of emergency was still in effect for six states. and this is likely to tie up air travel for days. thousands of flights had been canceled throughout the region. even here in washington, where there's little snow on the ground. steve and jen's rival have been trying to get back to new york. >> planes are all canceled all around. we can't get a train, can't get a bus, nothing. >> reporter: brad davis was stranded in pittsburgh. >> just supposed to fly back yesterday. been stuck here overnight. and got my connecting flight canceled again. so not sure where i'm going from here.
>> reporter: after a day full of cancellations, amtrak resumed limited service along the northeast corridor. compounding this, it filled the streets with icy floodwaters. flooding sparked an electrical fire. and posed a challenge for firefighters. two families lost their homes, but everyone got out safely. for most people, the storm was just an inconvenience. and for the lucky ones, a snow day. in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> the storm even prompted the nfl to postpone the sunday night football game between the eagles and vikings in philadelphia. that will be played tomorrow instead. and remember that wjz 13 is always on. for constant updates on the weather forecast, a look at live doppler radar any time, the latest closings and delays in our area, can you log onto wjz.com. just hours before a key win for the baltimore ravens. one player landed himself in serious legal trouble. vic is in the newsroom with
more on who is stopped by police and why. vic? >> well, mary. he has yet to enter the field as a pro. and tonight, ravens rookie sergio kendall is charged with driving under the influence with alcohol. now, court records show kindal's blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit. he was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol. he was released after posting $10,000 bond. kendall has been on injured reserve all season because of a serious head injury. mary, back to you. >> thank you, vic. hear coach john harbaugh's reaction all new at 6:00. there was a lot of good news on the field for the ravens. they defeated the browns and secured a spot in the play- offs. but their work isn't over just yet. now they're fighting for home field advantage. sports director mark viviano has more from fans. >> the ravens' 11th victory of
the season is the one that clinches a post season bid. at least a wild card for baltimore, still that chance to win the division title. one more regular season game begins tomorrow. >> santa claus may give out gifts, but play-off spots have to be earned the ravens got theirs mostly with defense. ravens forced four turnovers. three of them interceptions. two of those by ed reed. they rattled brown's rookie qb. conversely, joe flacco is looking had more -- looking more and more like a veteran. derrick mason made it a lead. ravens celebrate their 11th win and the goal of getting to the post season. >> play-offs! >> play-offs! >> play-offs! >> play-offs! and that's where it begins. we have just begun. and we're not done for the regular season either. we're not finished by any means, okay? >> and for the players, reason
to rejoice. the ravens aren't perfect. but they are play-off prownd, -- play-off-bound, a solid accomplishment. >> i think we have a great group of guys. they do all they can to stack wins on top of winds. -- wins. >> one more regular season win to go. and we asked you with our fan cam. how excited are you about another ravens play-off bid? >> absolutely. absolutely. it's -- like i said, it's third year in a row. and i don't think people realize how hard that is to do in the nfl. >> i am truly excited about the nfl. >> the ravens excitement is here. even in all of this cold weather. everybody is going to be real excited to see them go far in the play-offs. >> so the ravens are in. how could they make it better? well, to improve their play-off standing. the ravens would have to beat cincinnati here in baltimore sunday. and hope that the steelers lose in cleveland. only if that happens can the ravens have a home game in the
play-offs. otherwise, they'll be hitting the road. >> either way, the play-offs should be exciting, mark. >> no doubt. >> and the ravens wrap up the regular season next sunday here in baltimore against the bengals. you can see the action live at 1:00 here on wjz 13. looking excited to see what happens the rest of the season and the play-offs. and still ahead. holiday heartbreak. a california mother targeted. tonight, who police say is responsible. distraction on the road. what triggered a crash that killed a local college student? down with the old. and in with the new. as the former fort mchenry visitors center is demolished. so what is taking its place? i'm andrea fujii. that story is just ahead on wjz eyewitness news. central maryland avoids a major snowstorm. meteorologist bernadette woods has a look at what we can expect for the rest of the week. ,,,,
the dangers of texting while driving hit home for a family in pasadena. police say the distraction most likely trigemmed a fatal accident, involving a young college student. alyssa bennett would be celebrating her 20th birthday, but now, instead, her family is planning a funeral. on christmas eve, the college student and nanny crashed. >> it was horrible that a young girl lost her life in such a tragic way. >> police are still investigating the cause. so far, they found multiple possibilities. >> it appears there was a litany of possible contributing factors in this crash to include a driver error, excessive speed, also, possibly alcohol and distracted driving. >> reporter: distracted by text messaging. currently illegal in maryland while behind the wheel and the subject of a new safety campaign from atx -- at&t.
>> this was my sister. she was looking at my message. when she looked up, the truck flipped and she landed in the ditch. people will tell you over and over again, it's not your fault. but knowing you were the person she was talking to, when she was killed. if i could talk to her one last time, i would just say, "i'm sorry." >> reporter: in this case, the bennett family said alyssa had a bright future and she loved which were. friends and family expressing grief at this memorial, just a few blocks away from their home. >> they're in my prayers. it's tragic. >> reporter: there is a vigil at the home tonight. in lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donation for a college fund for her nephews that is set up. we'll check in with kristy breslin at traffic control. >> traffic definitely not the way we expected it to be. it's very light out there. a couple of problems to watch out for.
eastbound 32. we have a car fire. that is attracting plenty of attention as you pass 95. as far as the harrisburg expressway goes, no problems in the southbound directions. but northbound slow there. as you make your approach to belfast road. average speed about 45 miles an hour. as far as 95 northbound north side of the inner loop goes, just a minor slowdown there at harford road. over to 95. no problems to report, northbound or southbound. we're bax -- back to full speed. a couple of accidents to watch out for. north howard. also, another car fire. looking at overall traffic times, on the outer loop from 95 to 83. 54 miles an hour average. and 11 minutes to get through. now, let's take a live look. you can see the beltway moving very smoothly there, at greenspring avenue. another look there. south at 895. no problems to report in that direction either. this traffic report is brought to you by comcast xfinity. ask for the triple play for the best on tv, on demand, and
online. call for details. some restrictions apply. >> taking down the old to bring in the new. the visitors center at fort mchenry is gone. a new, bigger one is set to open soon. andrea fujii has the story. >> reporter: it's a milestone at fort mchenry, as the old visitors center is no more. looking down at it is the new building, better able to host the growing crowd. >> it was intended for a maximum of $ -- 200 to 250,000 visitors. and fort mchenry has hosted over 650,000 visitors for years. >> reporter: built in 1964, tourists and students have flocked here to learn more about the birth place of the national anthem. francis scott key wrote it as troops defended the british harbor from attack. at three times the old one, the new center can better tell its
rich history. >> we'll have really a much more extensive visit that tells more about the war of 1812 and what happens when they watched the bombardment of fort mchenry. >> in this slow visitors season, they are taking the opportunity now to demolish the old center, so the story can be shared again. >> the new visitors center is open to the public. but the historical movie and exhibits won't be ready until early march. i'm andrea fujii, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the demolition of the old visitors center should be finished by wednesday. >> new one looks great. it's hard to believe, but 2010 is coming to a close. and friday, new year's eve, you can see all of baltimore's fireworks and celebrations live right here on wjz 13. as wjz presents the ports america new year's eve spectacular. all startsa the 11:00 p.m. friday here on wjz 13. all right, ladies. don't stop doing that when the camera comes on. you have your little dance. >> i'm dancing because it's going to be maybe in the 50s. which is --
>> i understand. >> yeah, that's a little dreamy. [ laughter ] >> i know. but at night. >> one can dream, can't they? >> exactly. >> but at night, maybe the 40s? >> well, maybe not quite the 40s. but close to it. >> come on, bern. >> close to it. and not the teens we have been getting. how about that? >> and no blizzards. >> exactly. no blizzards. here are the winds we still have going on around the state. wind advisories through 9:00 tonight. and we'll have that forecast when we come being ba. -- back. blatch ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
a beautiful night outside. but you can see the wind shaking our cameras. the wind is still a factor out there. >> it's strong out there. >> it really is strong. we've had wind gusts to 50 miles per hour today. the advisory goes until 9:00 tonight. it's still going to be windy. here's that wind advisory in effect. statewide through 9:00. but the winds will remain up through the day tomorrow. here are the current winds. we're seeing sustained winds, 20 to 30 miles per hour. and gusts even higher than that. at this hour, we backed down to
33-mile-per-hour wind gusts in baltimore. and you can see a lot of people still in the 30s for wind gusts. now, what we've seen so far as far as peak wind gusts have been d.c., 53 miles per hour. baltimore city, 49 miles per hour. and patuxent, 43 miles per hour. so yes, the winds have been up. and this is the cold air that they've locked in place. 36 is where we sit in baltimore. but when you factor in that wind, look how that drops, all the way down to 21 in baltimore. 22 in ocean city. and four degrees in oakland. so it's cold out there, too. today, we have 35 degrees. way below that average. but if you're a little patient here, we have a warmup coming our way. before we get to that, though, here's a wrap-up of the storm. made its way up the coast. and this is truly a coastal storm. getting aptly slammed in the coast, from the carolinas, straight up into new england. and when you back in, inland, just a little bit here, dropped off so quickly. and this is what we've seen as
far as snow totals have gone. take a look. this is what i mean. over 18 inches. and in some cases, well over 18 inches by a foot. over 30 inches in northern parts of jersey, along the coast. for our coastline, over a foot. but baltimore city, barely anything at all. so that storm will start to release its hold tomorrow. and it will pull away. but winds will still remain up tuesday. after that, temperatures really respond. we are going into the 40s. by the middle of the week. and the end of the week, in the 50s. so here's our forecast for tonight. still a windy one out there. mainly clear skies. and we're going down to 22 degrees. then tomorrow, up to 38. it will be windy. mostly sunny skies. and then after that is when we start to see our warmup. we'll be in the 40s. and by the end of the week, we are getting into the 50s as mary was talking about before the break. >> wow. >> not at night. >> during the day. we're getting into the 50s. but if you're going to the special, still you're going to need a winter coat.
but not the brutal december that we just had. we're releasing its hold. >> i love it. >> was it just last new year's eve? the year before? >> the year before. >> it was bitter out there. >> it was the wind. ask it was also locking in all of that smoke. and we had fog last year. >> it was last year. >> this woon one could-- this one could actually be good. >> early last week, it was maybe going to rain. i'm going to glad. >> looks like it's going to hold off until saturday night. >> 50 in the day. >> thank you. a lot of people have been sending in their pictures of the snow to wjz. let's take a look at some of them. let's look at the dock. gotta be pretty rough on the water tonight. take a look at this next snapshot here. you'll see the american flag, along with the maryland and ravens flag out there and the strong winds. lots of great pictures there on our slide show. >> still ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 5:00. it's a vacation disaster.
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with tonight. slammed by snow. new yorkers digging out tonight from mounds in the city. manuel gallegus reports that the city could be dealing with snow piles for days. >> digging out is no easy task, especially when the snow is higher than the blowers. more than 2 feet fell in parts of the new york metro area, knocking out power to thousands and creating a day of back- breaking work for the shapiro family. >> lots of snow. lots of shoveling. but it's fun. we're with my family. so i'm happy. >> reporter: the blizzard dumped 20 inches on new york city. most streets are plowed, but freezing temperatures are making roads very slick. >> and they're not that good. they're not that good. >> this is a common sight. >> even the snow plows are getting stuck. and a lot of food deliveries report getting through either. they can't make pizza at this restaurant because they ran out of cheese. >> if we don't get certain amounts of deliveries, i don't know how we'll be able to open up much more. >> reporter: there's so much
snow here in times square that worker his to figure out where to put it all. they either move it to the side of the road or pile it up here in the middle. >> the major i airports around new york were shut down for most of the day as plows worked through the runways to get cleaned off. thousands are stranded and now living at the airport. tanya mick slept on the floor with her dog charlie. and just found out she won't be flying home to montana until thursday. >> there's not much we can do. once you make your peace with it. >> while some are struggling in the snow, others are reveling in it. this park on manhattan's west side, quickly turned into sledding central. >> we're so excited. >> we love snow. and we love sledding here. >> with kids off school for the holiday, the blizzard came at the perfect time. >> maryland's eastern shore, digging out from that same system tonight. wjz is live with first warning weather. meteorologist bernadette woods
continues to track the storm. >> take a look at first warning live doppler radar. there is snow falling all up and down main street, straight down into cape cod. as far as snowfall amounts go, take a look at this picture here. this is truly a coastal storm. over a foot in ocean city for us. as soon as you get up into jersey, cape may county had almost 28 inches. 30 inches along the coast of new jersey. you saw that they just said 20 inches. and that was in central park in new york. the bronx got 22 inches. and you see, that's 18 plus that goes all the way up into the mountains. great for the skiing, as soon as those winds start to die down. but the winds are still an issue. and they are all the way toward us. winds will start to back up a little tomorrow. but it won't be back until wednesday that they move away and die down. so yes, still dealing with this storm. but it is almost gone. >> ski resorts have a good base. remember, wjz 13 is always on.
for updates on the weather forecast, a look at live doppler, log onto wjz.com. anne arundel county police say they violent criminal is off the streets tonight. on christmas day, he allegedly approached two elderly women, then reportedly threatened them with a hammer. he then took their purses and fled. officers were able to track them down that same day. and he is under arrest. a holiday tragedy. a young mother, gunned down on christmas day, in front of her child. who is responsible for the child? vic is in the newsroom with the latest. >> the gunman could only watch. the tonight, police say the gunman -- gunmen were likely gang members. but she was not a gang member. she was just visiting a friend on christmas day when she was shot. >> god is going to get you guys. you need to repent.
you need to give yourself up. >> they should have some kind of remorse for their actions. >> and police say they have no description of the suspects. adam, back to you. >> and the victim's child was not hurt in this shooting. >> reporter: twin suicide bombings rocked a government compound in western iraq today, killing at least 17 people. security forces say the blasts were caused by back-to-back vehicle bombs. most of those killed were police officers. insurgents frequently go to destabilize authorities. as american troops prepare to leave pie the end of next year -- leave by the end of next year. three others have been cleared out of all charges. the men are accused of planning attacks on all cities and landmarks. they were arrested last week in the uk's biggest aspect ter -- anti-terror sweep. the suspect will face a british judge next month. an investigation is under way now into a bus crash in
egypt. eight american tourists died. 11 others were hurt. elizabeth palmer reports. >> here's what is left of the tour bus, after it slammed before dawn yesterday into a dump truck filled with sand. it was the middle buzz bus in -- middle bus in a convoy of 3. passengers in the other chilled in the crash. >> it was terrible carnage. >> reporter: the dead are reported to include six women and three men. among the injured survivors, 18 were evacuated to cairo. two of them in critical condition. >> ambulances were there, just in a matter of minutes. and miracle workers. everybody pitched in and helped out the people and got them in the ambulances. and got them off to the hospital. so they saved many lives, i felt. >> reporter: the group of tourists had been on their way to see the famous temple on abu symbol, on a road that is known to be dangerous. >> reporter: in october, six belgian tourists crashed. and last month, eight foreign
tourists were killed when their bus flipped over on a mountain road near the red sea. >> reporter: now, egyptian police have had to launch an investigation into the third fatal crash in as many months. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. >> after last month's accident, authorities closed several travel operator amid complaints of poor safety measures and bad driving. >> wikileaks founder, julian assange has signed a $1.5 million book deal. assange says he has reluctantly agreed to sign his autobiography to help pay his legal bills. the book's publisher says it will be a complete account of his life, including his work at wikileaks. the autobiography is due out sometime next year. sunday, post christmas shopping. across the rest of restest -- the rest of the u.s., people took advantage of day after christmas sales.
am yes -- items like fur vests and sweaters have been bigger sellers this year than practical merchandise like pots and pans. amazon.com says the kindle is the best-selling product in the company's history, surpassing even sales of the last harry potter book. the company also says november 29th was its peak day, when customers ordered 13.7 million items worldwide. if you're tired of paying too much to see your favorite band, we have good news for you. promoters are now paying tickets. they say the high prices drove down sales. and concert attendance was down by 12% in the first half of the year. >> that is great news. it's so expensive these days. >> the music world is mourning the death of the self- proclaimed queen of soul, tina marie. -- teena marie. ♪ [ music ] >> she was found dead inside her pasadena, california home
last night. the singer's manager said she apparently died in her sleep. but an official cause of death has not been released. the four-time grammy winner was just 54 years old. >> that was a great sound. a report from the funeral for michelle anthony. older sister to denver nuggets star car mellow anthony. and a look at the matchup between the terps and wednesday's military bowl. for these and more, read tomorrow's baltimore sun. and remember to look for the updated forecast. it is cold now. but baltimore's nightlife is heating up, thanks to a major renovation, at the power plant live entertainment district. >> new bars, restaurants and a permanent outdoor concert planned. at lombard street at marketplace. >> beer hall and beer garden constructed in the area that is now known as the plaza area. as well as a glass roof,
covering the entire alley at the north end of the project, with a permanent stage for live regional and national entertainment. >> reporter: along with a comedy factory with ch just signed on as a new tenant. >> reporter: the $11 million makeover marks the first time this area has really been renovated since it opened more than a decade ago. >> we figured the timing was right. currently, we entertain almost 4 million visitors a year. it's very vibrant. a great economic engine. >> reporter: in a statement to wjz, the mayor says, i'm excited the cordish company is making significant investments in one of the harbor's busy yeft attractions. the -- busiest attractions. the upgrades will make baltimore nightlife more enjoyable for residents and visitors. >> and the renaultivation-- renovation should be complete for late spring, early summer. >> get a chance to look at those, it looks good. >> yeah. come summertime when it's warm
outside. >> can't wait until then. still ahead. oscar buzz for natalie portman. find out why the actress already has something to celebrate. and it's not the award. the latest health problem linked to smoking. and i'm bernadette woods in for bob turk tonight in the first warning weather center. we're putting together your exclusive first warning five- day forecast. and we'll have it when we come back. first, here's a look at today's report from wall stre,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
welcome back, everybody. the winds are definitely gusting today. and still somewhat of a factor tomorrow. for more on tomorrow's forecast, tim -- we just can't get over the microphone like that. take it away. >> necessity is the mother of invention. we are definitely talking about the winds and the wind chill on your, you know, uncovered skin. so you find ways to keep your skin covered. ain degrees tonight. we'll be down around 20. and that's where we start tomorrow. sunshine and blue skies tomorrow. good day full of sun. temperatures will start to gradually get up into the 30s. but we're still going to be well below our average of about 44, 43 for this date.
tomorrow, northwestly clear skies. for a bit of a warmup, we send it in to bern. >> we need to get tim some gloves, okay? take a look how we climb. 49 by friday. 53 on saturday. there will be a storm moving our way. but we think the rain should hold off until saturday night. and mary, just. to point out, the overnight low on friday will go back down into the 30s for our special out there. mary? >> all right. i'll have my winter coat and boots on, bern. thank you. save water by scraping dishes instead of loading them before loading them in the dish washer. rinsing dirty dishes runs more water. and use the air dry option if available. for more information on how you can be an energy saver, go to wjz.com and click on our special section on our home page. retailers were optimistic,
heading into the after- christmas shopping season. but the winter storm that hit the east coast could hurt the bottom line. jay dow reports for wjz on the revised shopping forecast. >> with a major blizzard threatening shoppers in the northeast, many die-hard bargain hunters hit the malls early. >> i want to hit this before it comes early. >> to take advantage of post- christmas deels. >> everything is like 60, 70% off. i just went to jc penney and got like five things for $20. >> when there's snow like this, there's two and three days that they gone, they can't recover, they'll be forced to have bigger deals in january. >> according to america's research group, retailers are having a good season. holiday sales increased 3.1% last year. tv sales are up 8%. children's clothing, up 25%. and video games are up 80%. which put a major dent in toy
sales. one standout trend? fewer consumers used their credit cards and chose to buy with cash. >> they have been saving money up for at least two or three months. they thought about this for weeks and weeks and weeks. and they had a plan and they followed that plan. >> reporter: wuwith snow accumulation being measured in plans. >> i don't want to be stuck out here, not being able to catch a bus back home. >> if this bad weather continues to be a factor, retailers may be forced to extend their sales well into january. they're under pressure to clear their winter inventories, before the president's day holiday, to make room for new spring merchandise. jay dow, cbs news, new york. >> we barely can see him through all of that snow. retailers say despite the economy, many are using the holidays as an excuse to splurge on purchases. a colorado switching station catches fire. that fire began sunday afternoon in denver.
officials say the station belongs to xcel energy. the company says no one was hurt and no companies lost power because of it. in minnesota, crews battle a fire. firefighters from several stations respond to this massive blaze. completely destroyed the building. the owner says about 30 cars. the fire is under investigation. >> in massachusetts, people are being forced to evacuate their homes after a monster blizzard caused coastal flooding. a massive fire where two families lost their homes. strong winds made the blaze difficult to fight. emergency officials say dozens of homes in the coastal areas have been evacuated. shelters have been opened until the area is safe. >> rhode island officials warning drivers to avoid all unnecessary travel due to severe winter weather in new england. this accident involving a car and a plow is just one of dozens of accidents under the
snowy conditions. police say the plow clipped the car, causing it to roll over. joe one was seriously injured. -- no one was seriously injured. take a look at these two helpless kittens. they were tossed out of a moving car in an empty dog food bag early sunday morning. a man spotted them and decided to take them home and warm them up and feed them. he said he's really shocked that anyone would put the cats in danger. >> i can't even imagine what it would take for somebody to get to the point where they would pitch live animals out of a moving vehicle. i can't even fathom it. >> webster's family adopted them on their own. they are hoping to find a good home for them. they're pretty cute. probably shouldn't have much problem. we have big news for natalie portman. "people" magazine reports, the actress is engaged to ben millipede. they are expecting their first child. the two started working
together late last year, while they were working together on "black swan," a movie now in theaters. check this for these stories and more coming up. vic is standing by with a preview. we're continuing to follow that up the east coast and left the mess behind. coastal storm pounded maryland's eastern shore. and today, road crews are dealing with the aftermath. i'm weijia jiang. that story is next on wjz. and brutally beaten. the vicious attack that sent a lawmaker to the hospital. and the reason he says he's actually lucky. check in for these stories and the breaking news. a man in india has become the country's oldest father. >> yes. amazingly, this man became the proud father of a son at the age of 94. has wife, who gave birth to the child is in her mid-50s. >> is that hugh hefner? >> could be. >> the couple termed the child's birth, a gift from god. both mom, dad, and the baby are said to be in good health.
>> better them than us. >> yeah. 94? having to father? imagine chasing that around the house. >> and the mom in the 50s. oh, my goodness. still to come. some changes for the way you worked out. should you eat before or after you hit the gym? we'll have that answer tonight in healthwatch. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
tonight in healthwatch, for years, we have been told that a healthy breakfast can boost our energy. but a new study might change all of that. >> reporter: paul burns says he drinks a strong cup of black coffee before working out and that's it. >> i can't do cardio if i eat anything before i come to the gym. but i have a big breakfast afterwards. >> he may be onto something. >> a new study in the journal
of physiology suggests exercising before eating breakfast and working out may be the best way. the first group ate a strong breakfast, the secondate a carbohydrate-meal, then worked out. the group that ate without working out packed on six pounds. the group that ate before working out gained about three pounds. here's a surprise. those who worked out after their workout gained almost no weight. >> reporter: the conclusion to this seems to be that if you do not eat breakfast and you are fit, you are going to have that fat as a fuel source for your workout. >> but hitting the gym on an empty stomach may not be for everyone. some experts recommend eating a little something. so you have the energy to get the most for your workout. >> you should not be eating a heavy, carbohydrate-rich breakfast, but a piece of fruit would do you good. >> you have to have some kind
of carbohydrate in the morning, otherwise you'll fall apart. >> and the study shows an added benefit for those who can hold out until after working out. ines feray, cbs news, new york. >> and experts say most people only gain about a pound or two during the holiday season. >> i put on four or five. >> i did, too. >> food was good this year. also in healthwatch. a study of overweight and obese adults found that those who took omega 3 fatty acids didn't shed any more pounds compared to those who had placebos. and finally in healthwatch, another reason to quit smoking. this time, it could improve your cholesterol. a study of more than 1500 smokers found that those who kick the habit experience an average 5% increase in good cholesterol. the findings hild true for both heavy and light smokers.
the massive effort to clear the snow and get stranded travelers back home after a blizzard coats parts of the east coast. and hit hard, especially on the eastern shore. the rough conditions people are still dealing with there overnight. and now, dangerous winds causing problems. the first warning weather team has every angle of the storm covered. what coach harbaugh is saying to police. check in with these stories and all the day's breaking news. wjz eyewitness news at 6:00 starts now. snowed in and digging out. it's a winter weather mess from the eastern shore all the way up the east coast. >> the major headaches, now that the storm has moved on.